As soon as Frodon crossed the line in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup on Saturday, my immediate thoughts were that he was well worth chancing in the 32Red King George on Boxing Day.
After all, Saturday’s success came off a mark of 164, he has won a Grade Two around Kempton and stays three miles.
But it appears that connections aren’t tempted to supplement him this week at a cost of £10,000.
That surprises me a bit, but then again, we are all generous with someone else’s money, aren’t we?
On to Monday’s cards, then, where little interested me, in truth. But I’m having three bets, and here they are.
He is unproven over this trip, but his best efforts to date have come over 2m5f and 2m6f, and hopefully his stamina will hold out here.
If it does then he could prove hard to beat in this modest heat.
The course winner ran okay at Chepstow last time - in the context of this race anyway – and he has been dropped 2lb for it.
He is now only 1lb higher than when winning on good ground at Fontwell in June, and he handles soft ground.
Crystal Lad is the one I fear most against him.
I thought Our Man In Havana would head the betting here, so he is worth a dabble at 8-1. There is no big story surrounding him.
He did really well to win over 5f here last time, and a 4lb rise may not be enough to stop him. He won over 7f off an 11lb higher mark here last year.
The step up to 6f will suit too, and this three-time course winner has solid claims.
Fast Track is a big danger, as the handicapper has given him a big chance by dropping him to mark of just 70 and he comes here after a wind op, too.
He ran below expectations at Chelmsford last time, but he has been eased 1lb and he could be up to winning a modest 0-70.
He ran better when second at that track on his penultimate start and his course form figures read 234354, and all his handicap outings here have come off much higher marks than this.